Gerster Paces Friday Must See Practice At Ace
ALTAMAHAW, N.C. – Brian Gerster led the way during Friday afternoon’s opening practice rounds for the Must See Racing Championships at North Carolina’s Ace Speedway.
Gerster, who unofficially eclipsed the current Ace track record of 13.22 seconds during open testing on Thursday, turned a best lap of 13.540 seconds (106.352 mph) with the No. 50 RAM Engineering Midwest sprinter for Dick Myers Racing in the second of two 15-minute sessions, amid the afternoon heat.
Second on the time sheets was the driver hoping to secure his fifth consecutive Must See Racing Sprint Car Series championship this weekend, Jimmy McCune. The Toledo, Ohio, driver posted a time of 13.653 seconds (105.471 mph) with his No. 88 Abe’s Auto Parts & Sales/B&B Machinery Movers/Rev-X Oil machine.
Following McCune was his season-long championship rival, Canadian Ryan Litt, at 13.717 seconds (104.979 mph) in the No. 07L Xtreme Metal Worx/BS&B Radiator Diablo.
Joe Liguori and Anthony McCune completed the top five.
The only incident of note occurred in first practice, when Tom Jewell got out of the groove in turn one and slapped the outside wall at the exit of the second corner, his second incident in the last two races.
Jewell was unhurt and his White Hare Racing team was able to repair the No. 7 mount for final practice.
Qualifying for the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series will roll off at 6:45 p.m.
PRACTICE RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Ace Speedway; Oct. 18, 2019
- #50m – Brian Gerster, 13.540 seconds
- #88 – Jimmy McCune, 13.653 seconds
- #07 – Ryan Litt, 13.717 seconds
- #13 – Joe Liguori, 13.876 seconds
- #8 – Anthony McCune, 13.895 seconds
- #9s – Charlie Schultz, 13.947 seconds
- #26 – Jeff Bloom, 14.081 seconds
- #75c – Jerry Caryer, 14.241 seconds
- #17 – Bobby Komisarski, 14.407 seconds
- #8a – Adam Biltz, 14.484 seconds
- #81 – Johnny Petrozelle III, 14.584 seconds
- #72s – Joe Speakman, 14.625 seconds
- #7 – Tom Jewell, 14.749 seconds
- #85 – Rick Holley, 15.116 seconds
- #15 – Tim Henthorne, 15.250 seconds
- #51 – Joshua Sexton, 15.314 seconds
- #4 – Anthony Linkenhoker, 15.415 seconds
- #32 – Todd McQuillen, 15.789 seconds
- #74 – Ivan Shaver, 15.863 seconds
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Must See Championships Coming To Ace On Oct. 18-19
HOLLY, Mich. – A roller-coaster seven-month journey across the Midwest and Northeast, rife with competition, exciting moments and more, comes to an end on Oct. 18-19 for the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro.
The winged 410ci asphalt sprint car tour will wrap up its 2019 season with a doubleheader during the sixth annual Rodney Cook Classic weekend at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., the first visit by Must See Racing to the four-tenths-mile oval.
Full shows are planned for both Friday and Saturday nights, with two more opportunities for drivers to gain points as the season winds up to its conclusion.
The prospect of two complete racing programs is going to ratchet the intensity up in a big way, considering the points battle is still tight for several positions coming down the home stretch.
Jimmy McCune (88) and Ryan Litt (07) will battle for the Must See Racing championship in two weeks at Ace Speedway. (David Sink photo)
For the first time in five years, the championship has not been locked up going into the last weekend of the season, with Canadian Ryan Litt only trailing Jimmy McCune by 23 points entering the Ace double.
Litt's position in the standings is thanks to the MSR drop rule, which requires each driver who has attended 60 percent of the season's completed races to drop their lowest-scoring night from their cumulative total. Litt ranks third in overall points scored this season.
McCune, the four-time defending series champion, had an engine failure in the second event of the season at Michigan’s Birch Run Speedway that has had him batting from behind for most of the year, but he finally passed nephew Anthony for the top spot in both overall points and points with the drop during the most recent event on the schedule.
That event, which saw Anthony drop to third in the standings, has put Litt within striking distance of his first Must See Racing title, while Jimmy McCune is seeking his record-extending fifth crown in a row.
While they’ll be battling one another for every position down the stretch, that trio will also have a strong field of drivers to do battle with on track as well, including National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom, Ohio open-wheel ace Charlie Schultz, Michigan veteran Tom Jewell, Carolina-area hotshoes Johnny Petrozelle III and Bobby Komisarski and more.
Open practice for all divisions at Ace takes place on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with Friday’s pit gates opening at 9 a.m. Practice for the opening day show begins at 11 a.m., with qualifying following at 6 p.m. and racing firing off at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s schedule sees the pit gates again swinging open at 9 a.m. and practice kicking off at 11 a.m., with qualifying beginning at 4 p.m. and feature racing to follow.
The Saturday program will be co-headlined by a 140-lap late model stock car feature, in addition to the championship race for the Must See Racing sprint cars.
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